Ultimate Cleansing Cloths and Sponges Guide

With our cleansing cloths & sponges guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including why should I use a face cloth and can you exfoliate your face with a sponge. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our cleansing cloths and sponges page.

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Cleansing Cloths & Sponges FAQs

Why should I use a face cloth?

There are numerous benefits to using a face cloth, and considering the relatively inexpensive cost, there's every reason to buy one. The primary function of a face cloth is to cleanse the skin of dirt, debris and dead skin. Your face accumulates dirt across the course of the day, and a potent face cloth is the best way to remove any excess debris.

Alongside dirt and debris, a powerful face cloth exfoliates and removes any dead and dry skin. A thorough cleanse with a face cloth often reveals a youthful complexion over time, and helps the blood circulation in your face. High-performing face cloths also hydrate and nourish your skin to keep it looking fresher for longer.

Your skin feels noticeably smoother and sleeker after a few weeks of using a face cloth twice a day. They're proven to help the skin breathe and to retain the skin's natural moisture.

Can you exfoliate your face with a sponge?

Yes you can. In fact, exfoliating is one of the primary uses of a face sponge. You may not realise it, but if you're out and about, particularly in an urban environment, your face accumulates dirt and debris over the course of the day. A face sponge is one of the best ways to remove any excess dirt and reveal a refreshed finish.

Many people use face sponges to help the anti-ageing process and encourage a youthful complexion. They're adept at removing dead and dry skin and unraveling a fresh and hydrated complexion. Though a face sponge is a wonderful addition to any skin care routine, they can't do everything themselves; you need a premium moisturiser and exfoliating cream to enhance the process.

When combined together, face sponges and exfoliating creams produce fresh and flawless skin.

What is a microfibre face cloth?

Microfibre cloths are becoming the go-to in cleansing accessories, and for good reason. They perform the same process as regular face cloths, though the innovative technology enhances the result. The prominent focus of face sponges is to remove any dirt, debris and dead skin in just a few swift and clear motions.

Living in a busy city can expose your skin to environmental pollutants and toxins, and it's important to help protect and replenish your skin every day. Letting your skin become open to pollutants speeds up the ageing process and strips moisture away from your complexion. Using a microfibre cloth helps to retain the skin's moisture, hydrate your complexion and restore the long term health of your skin cells.

We recommend using a microfibre face cloth twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

What types of face cloth are there?

There are a variety of face cloths and sponges on the market, typically ranging anywhere from £10-20. You can find premium face cloths for around £30, though you can get a face cloth that provides the same result for less. Microfibre face cloths are the current fad in skin care, becoming hugely popular thanks to their efficiency and potency.

Some brands provide face cloths for children, should you wish to keep your child's skin sleek and fresh and free from excess dirt and pollutants. Kids' face cloths are usually slightly cheaper than an adult face cloth, though they're usually a touch smaller to cater to your child's needs.

If your child is always out on their bike or playing football, it could be worth investing in a facial sponge for them. If they're more of a home body, they can always just share yours.